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secretary kathleen sebelius saying healthcare.gov needs millions of fixes. here is more from brianna kei r keilar. >> it is wonderful to see all of you. >> reporter: texas, not exactly friendly territory for obama care. but that is where president obama went to criticize republican opposition to his signature health care reform program and promising its faulty website will soon be up and running. >> we are working overtime to get this fixed. the website is already better than it was at the beginning of october. and by the end of this month, we anticipate that it is going to be working the way it is supposed to. >> reporter: back in the hot seat again, embattled health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius testified before a senate committee conceding not many people have signed up. >> early enrollment numbers are going to be very low. >> reporter: republicans questioned the security of healthcare.gov and the screening of so-called navigators that help people enroll. >> so a convicted felon could be a navigator and could require sensitive personal information from an innocent perso
to something he didn't want to change. >> republicans calling the president to fire kathleen sebelius. i was struck by what the president did not say when he was asked about that. let's listen. >> do you still have full confidence in kathleen sebelius? >> i think kathleen sebelius in tremendous difficult circumstances in the last four and a half years has done a great job in setting up the insurance markets so there is a good product for people to get. you know, kathleen sebelius doesn't write code. she wasn't our it person. i think she would be the first to admit that if we had to do it all over again, there would have been a whole lot more questions asked in terms of how this thing is working but my priority now is to get it fixed, and, you know, ultimately -- >> is she still the right person to do it? >> ultimately, the buck stops with me. i'm the president. this is my team. if it's not working, it's my job to get it fixed. >> he didn't say he had full confidence in her still. what do you read into it? >> he says the buck stops with me but had two opportunities to say yes, simple one-
christie. just hours after his landslide row re-election victory. >>> right now, kathleen sebelius just finished facing some very tough questions over the problems plaguing the obama care website. the health and human services secretary testifying by the senate finance committee. >>> and right now, a record day on wall street, the dow hitting an all-time intraday high this morning. right now it's up, up 98 points right now. hello, i'm wolf blitzer reporting today from washington. you can stick a fork in election 2013 -- it's done. now the pundits and the politicians are busy reading the tea leaves to see what the results mean going forward. was this a referendum on obama care? and if so, how worried should democrats be? what do the results say about the tea party and the fight within the gop? we're going to get into all of that. but first, chris christie's landslide win in the new jersey governor's race, is seen by many as a warm-up to the 2016 presidential race. in his victory speech, christie pointed to new jersey as a model for the way washington should work. >> i know if we can do t
at increased risk. also, hhs secretary kathleen sebelius is refusing to answer her questions, including, specifically, the number of people who have enrolled in new hampshire's health care exchange now. joining me now is kelly aoit. thank you for joining us. >> good morning, candy. thank you. >> there is a movement by senator lindsey graham to block all of the president's nominees until survivors of the benghazi attack are allowed to come and testify to various committees. are you on board with that tactic? >> well, candy, we've written several times, not only secretary kerry, but also the president asking for the survivors to be made available to congress to get to the bottom of this. i understand we've been brushed off many times. i understand senator gram is going to be speaking to the administration about this, trying to come up cooperatively to address this issue but it's not acceptable that they have not been made available and to say that because there is an on going investigation in terrorism, that would preclude oversight by the congress in any terrorism case. >> right. >> incl
and human services secretary, kathleen sebelius. testifying again. this time it is before the senate finance committee. she's facing some new questions about the troubled roll-out of the website. healthcare.gov. here's some of the back and forth. >> the 88% of americans we satisfied with their current health insurance plan. which is why the president no doubt made the promise that he made, and as you can see, as of yesterday afternoon, the white house website says if you like your plan, you can keep it. and you don't have to change a thing due to the health care law. well we know that lying to congress is a crime. but unfortunately, lying to the american people is not. i just like to ask you a simple true or false question. is that statement on the white house website true? or is it false? >> sir, think the statement -- >> is it true or is it false, madam secretary. >> you ceep your plan. the vast majority of american who is are insured, are in the employer market, in public plans or in veterans' plans. and those plans have stayed in place and continue to offer benefits. the 11 million peopl
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of the month. that would be the headline except a new problem seems to have come up as kathleen sebelius returned to capitol hill for yet another grilling, this time a security risk to users. breanna keeler is following developments, live at the white house this morning. >> reporter: it was another damaging appearance on the hill for hhs secretary kathleen sebelius. as president obama headed to the lone star state, that's right, but not a coincidence that he was in texas where a republican governor has blocked the expansion of medicaid under the obama care law. >> it is wonderful to see all of you. >> reporter: texas, not exactly friendly territory for obama care. but that's where president obama went to criticize republican opposition to his signature health care reform program. and promised its faulty website will soon be up and running. >> we are working overtime to get this fixed. and the website is already better than it was at the beginning of october. and by the end of this month we anticipate it is going to be working the way it is supposed to. >> reporter: back in the hot seat a
of town, health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius handles the fight on capitol hill. the administration is doing more damage control as reports from obama care contracts indicate even more problems with the october roamout than previously thought. we're going to monitor this hearing. and we'll bring you news as a it warrants. sebelius is sure to face blit terring criticisms, though, in that hearing. not only over the website debacle, but also over the false assurances that people could keep their insurance plans if they wanted to. you may remember this exchange from her last appearance on capitol hill. >> some people like to drive a ford and some people like to drink out of a red solo cup, not out of a chris it will stem. you're taking away their choice. >> and that was marsha blackburn. and she's joins us this morning. good morning. >> good morning. >> you didn't minnesota words with her. now i think americans want solutions. listen to what your fellow republican, chris christie had to say. >> i think that the party has got to focus on winning again. you know, somet
for this if someone is going to. and chuck todd condition the president about kathleen sebelius. i wanted to play that exchange will. >> i think kathleen sebelius under tremendously difficult circumstances in the last four and a half years has done a great job in setting up the insurance markets so that there is a good product for people to get. she doesn't ride code. i think she would be the first to admit that if we had to do it all over again, that there would have been a whole lot more questions that were asked in terms of how this thing is working. but my priority right now is to get it fixed. and you know, ultimately -- >> is she still the right person to do it? >> ultimately the buck stops with me. i'm the president. this is my team. if it is not working, it is my job to get it fixed. >>> the buck stops with him. he is not running for re-election. that doesn't answer the question. is he going on stand behind her? >> nothing starts conspiracy theiries in washington more than a nonanswer. he did not just say of course she's my secretary. i have full confidence in her. we all make mistakes. t
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that kathleen sebelius put out today, is that there are like 27 million visits, not sure if they're unique visits, people coming back perhaps, but that's a lot of interest. there's a lot of interest in this country. >> it's not so much -- >> in the affordable care act. >> not so much the confidence level in the president resulting from the failed website, it's from the pledge that he made repeatedly look at these numbers, a new quinnipiac university poll, the president it's job approval number is now down to 39% approve of the job as handling his job as president. 54% disapprove. that's another low for the -- for this president. >> let me give you ather number, the questn whether you trust the president, consider him is down 10 pointsince october. andha is as a direct result of saying to people, you can keep your -- you can keep your health care if you like. >> it's because of the -- if you like your plan you can keep your plan. >> and that goes to the -- a design. the administration said we are going to have a program to bring coverage to more people, many of whom will be poor and sicke
person, kathleen sebelius said today. >> well, there isn't, i would say, at this point a specific plan. we're looking at a number of options where there may be an opportunity for that number of people to look at plans that they have right now, but there isn't any specific proposal at table immediately. >> well tonight, two republican senators are using new numbers to suggest that obama care is not working. senior white house correspondent jim acosta joins us now. the news doesn't seem to be getting better for obama care. the initial enrollment numbers are expected to be low but the numbers there in washington d.c. are pretty stunning. >> they are depressingly low, anderson. we have letters prom people that participate in the obama care exchange in the district of columbia and released by senators. i have one in front of me right now. it says that they have up until october 24th of this year only blue shield. that the a very dismal performance. i will tell you house republican haves been eager to get their hands on these enrollment numbers and issued a subpoena to have them delivered by
. >> if the figures stay at that number, will you buy stock in kathleen sebelius? >> look, there is no question the president will stay with her during this storm. he will not give the republicans a body on this right now. she is in the middle of the storm. the president defended her saying she doesn't write the code for the website. she is not the person responsible for the problems right now. she is the president's person now, she has sort of led the department into this ditch and it is her job to lead it out. how long does she last? it is a question between the president and kathleen sebelius. the question is, if he let her go now or if she walked away, he would have to re-nominate somebody and have them confirmed by the senate, with a lot of nervous republicans, so good luck with that. >> and with the number this low, they're going to have to extend it, aren't they? they can't just expect the vast majority of americans to pay fines because the system is so deeply flawed? >> the last point you make on the fines is the most likely thing politically for the administration to do, is to extend t
were terrific, some weren't. my honest i opinion, i think kathleen sebelius didn't understand this. she got a lot of mumbo jumbo people explaining it and said things that were misleading. >> listen, i'm sorry, look, we had a variety of newspaper reports saying his staff did know. they had a big argument what he should say and how to describe this. the political people basically came down hard on you've got to make this very simple and very reassuring and that's the way we'll sell this program. i just do not believe that the president had no knowledge of that. it's so fundamental to the program about how you pay for this program. >> in terms of accountability, david, the president can say the buck stops with me. of course it does. this is the president and his major plan. why does he not fire kathleen sebelius? surely a head has to roll and she's the obvious head. >> well, i believe in due course a head will roll. >> her head? >> i would assume at some discrete interval she will find a way to leave. i don't think they should humiliate her. i don't think it's hers. this is a white house t
kathleen sebelius going before the senate finance committee today. last week she told members of the house she was sorry for the obama care website debacle. newly released documents show the site had even more problems than first reported. >>> the brother of the new jersey mall shooter says his family still does not know why he did it. kevin shoop says his brother richard didn't plan to hurt anyone but himself. a friend of the shooter said he sent him a message that said they needed to talk but he was already asleep and he did not respond. >>> new details in a mysterious plane crash last week. preliminary ntsb reports says the pilot, michael kallen filed a flight plan showing a short trip within canada. he did not talk to air traffic control at the nashville airport before he crashed. the wreckage was not spotted until some six hours after the crash. >>> two oklahoma inmates who escaped through a prison shower ceiling are back behind bars this morning. they were picked up at a home not far from the prison. they were part of a group of four inmates who made a clean getaway last month climbi
on capitol hill, earlier today, health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius was not sounding very confident. she was saying they're going to have it done by the end of the month but she said they have an aggressive check list to go through, an aggressive time line to meet. sort of putting out this feeling that programs it may not happen in time. the president said in dallas, this is happening in time. the other important thing, and i'll say this very quickly. the president did not go back to clean pup line if you like your plan, you can keep it. he did not try to revise that line as he did the other night. perhaps an indication that they know that clean-up job was not going too well. >> let me ask you this. the hits keep on coming for the health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius. it died down a little bit. it felt like it but now gaining heat again on capitol hill. getting a tough grilling. what exactly happened there? >> well, she was pressed by senators throughout this hearing about the various problems with the website, the veracity of the president's comments when
secretary kathleen sebelius taking a lot of heat for the failings of obama care and the go many is hoping to keep the pressure on her boss. a rising republican star, author of "unintimidated." welcome to you. >> good to be here. >> are we in a position where republicans would love kathleen sebelius to keep her job as long as humanly possible? >> many of us like yourself warned about the problems we're seeing with obama care, not just with the rollout but as i cautioned to many republicans in my state and across the country, we need to be careful. we need to join with americans and join in their frustration, not in any way look like we're relishing this and if obama care goes over the cliff, we shouldn't be the ones pushing it. we should be back trying to help everyday americans find a better way, a better alternative and that's what we're trying to do. >> does the apparent catarrhaphy of obama care in any way justify the government shutdown? because at the time the republicans were getting heat for forcing that but now some are saying well, they had a point, didn't they? >> well, i said m
that the health care rollout has been a disaster. the website doesn't work. we will have kathleen sebelius the head of hhs on the phone as we speak talking to reporters trying to it out it. democrats are nervous in congress right now. let's not forget, heading to the midterm elections specifically in the senate, there are several senators that are in danger of losing their seats if democrats lose five or six seats, they lose control. >> i've talked to administration officials who believe once they get the website fixed that not all of their problems will be solved but things are going to get much bet per. when people start to see the law is working and the website is working, be yes there were folks who lost coverage and that was not good for the president but feel some of this could disablize. >> i think that's true. the one problem right now you have to take into account for the democrats is that the narrative is being drawn right now. even if it does stabilize, there's still going to be an after effect and still the obama administration trying to get democrats to be support of it, even
? probably the one occupied by health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius. she was grilled wednesday by a house committee in a hearing that occasionally was just downright weird. >> toto, we're not in kansas anymore. >> i was in the third grade there, and i thought i saw you on a tricyle. >> ever used a coupon? >> four pinocchios. >> the sky is falling. >> don't do this to me. >> none of that is about getting health care. that's about getting re-elected and some kind of political parlor game in washington. there's a reason it got to wacky because you can't reduce something as complicated of the affordable care act to a bumper sticker. the president has even tried to do this. >> if you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan. period. >> as we saw, that's turning out to not be true. for some americans, especially those who buy on the individual market. so the president is getting a bit more specific lately. >> if you had one of these substandard plans before the affordable care act became law, and you really like that plan, you are able to kee
pretty tense exchanges i'd call them on capitol hill when hhs secretary kathleen sebelius testified before congress. >> i am as frustrated and angry as anyone with the flawed launch of healthcare.gov. so, let me say directly to these americans, you deserve better. i apologize. i'm accountable to you for fixing these problems. and i'm committed to earning your confidence back by fixing the site. >> you know, as the secretary and her team are working to fix the site as you heard you are left some questions about obama care and here to answer them is nancy metcalf from "consumer reports," thank you for being here. >> my pleasure. >> the big thing was people were told you can't keep your policy, you have to buy a new policy that might be more expensive, it might cover more but it's more expensive. and they don't -- are these people being asked to buy something that they don't need? what would you tell those folks? >> well, the reason those policies are being canceled is because they don't -- they're not adequate to the rules of the new law, and the thing that's not adequate about them i
's my friend. >> better than he gave to kathleen sebelius. >> exactly. >> this was a lot better. >> so texas governor rick perry was in iowa. he's clearly prepping for another run for the white house. let's listen to what he said. rather interesting. >> we're losing the country we love to a government that is too big, too arrogant, too controlling of our every day lives. our leaders have forgotten how to govern. believe me, i know a few things about forgetting. >> obviously during the key debate moment where he forgot -- >> the three agencies he would eliminate. >> exactly. >> should he have even brought this up? >> absolutely. >> because he's still battling this going into another cycle. >> surest way to get rid of something is to make fun of yourself. he has been joking about that now for how many years, right, since he first -- >> might voters forgive him? >> a lot of people think it's crazy for him to get back out there because his campaign was so disastrous. yes, voters do forgive people. often if you make fun, that kind of humor is great and is it a long shot for him to rehabilit
the site crashed two times this week. kathleen sebelius said the website has cost $174 million so far and more probably to fix it. >>> starting today $5 billion is cut from the food stamp program. that means less grocery money for millions. the cuts will vary by family but this is typically a family of four getting 668 a month would lose about $36. food stamp benefits were raised during the recession and temporary increase to the program and that expires today. in 2007, 26 million people were using snap as they call it, supplemental food benefits and compared that to almost 48 million now. 15% of the american population is using government assistance to help feed their family. $36 a month is going to hurt some people. people who work for food banks are upset about these cuts. others say this was meant to be a temporary measure and that temporary measure is now over. you'll hear more about that. >>> are you -- when you fly, are you going to be irritating with your devices now you're able to use them or a good citizen? >> i'm always a good citizen. >> i'm so glad nobody can chat on thei
's not the one that can subpoena somebody like kathleen sebelius. >> lindsay graham, too, is facing a -- going up against -- hang on -- going up against the tea party and maybe trying to position himself. >> exactly. >> thank you. see you next week. >> thank you. >> next, a mayor and video that reportedly shows him smoking a crack pipe. this afternoon he addresses his city about the controversy swirling around him. it's a stationery and gifts store. anything we purchase for the paper cottage goes on our ink card. so you can manage your business expenses and access them online instantly with the game changing app from ink. we didn't get into business to spend time managing receipts, that's why we have ink. we like being in business because we like being creative, we like interacting with people. so you have time to focus on the things you love. ink from chase. so you can. man: sometimes it's like we're still in college. but with a mortgage. and the furniture's a lot nicer. and suddenly, the most important person in my life is someone i haven't even met yet. who matters most to you says the most ab
. >>> health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius testifies later today before the senate finance committee. last week, she told members of the house that she was sorry for the obama care website debacle. she is expected to face a slightly more welcoming committee today, detailed progress to has been made to get healthcare.gov up and running again normally. >>> governor chris christie revealed on cnn tuesday that mitt romney apologized for leaked information that made its way into a tell-all book about the 2012 campaign. christie slammed the romney team for a complete violation of trust, much like someone leaving their cell phone on. >> i'm terribly sorry! >> the book "double down" reveals romney's team didn't pick him as running mate because his background was littered with political land mines. >> i have to till why phone is on silent. "early start" continues right now. >>> landslide victories in new jersey and new york. nail
news, it was another grilling on the hill today. health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius said that the government needed to fix hundreds of problems with the healthcare.gov. we're now learning that you'll have one less set of hands to tackle those issues. the chief officer who was in charge of the technology for the that developed the website has announced that he is retiring from the government. no word yet if he's being pushed out for his role in the sites development. >>> now for the buried lead, don't be surprised if you hear snoop dogg is buying a summer home in portland, maine. that city became the first city to quote, unquote, legalize marijuana. they're following in the foot steps of colorado and washington state which both voted to legalize recreational drug use last november. but what makes these cities a little different, they made something that was legal that was never illegal under statutes. but by passing these proposals, cities and towns have may a stronger leg to stand on in their efforts to change state laws that make it illegal to smoke pot. no wonder t
their options, making 2014 a true transition year. now, health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius will be in atlanta today where she'll announce new regulations requiring insurance companies to treat mental illness like any other illness. i should tell you, this rule -- these rules were put in place back in 2008, this requirement that insurance companies treat a mental illness like any other illness. they've been waiting for regulations on how to do so. that's what we'll be hearing from kathleen sebelius today. >> athena, thank you for the update. let's talk more about this, the interview and what it means going forward with john king, joining us now. what do you make of the president's interview, the apology and also what more he is saying about obama care and how they're trying to fix it. does it help the administration's case? >> we'll see by watching the senate democrats. as athena just noted, joe manchin is part of one piece of legislation that would delay the penalty for not signing up. mary landrieu is among those pushing a new law and the house republicans want to do this
the administration's back, still have kathleen sebelius' back. i think they just want to know that on this next round, their concerns have been heard and the problems get fixed. >> well, i think that if you're a democrat who is up for election in 2014 and you're not concerned about how this is going, you don't have your head screwed on right. i think there is a lot of nervousness on the hill and a lot of gleeful anticipation of this among republicans, and i think also, although there has been a lot of debate as to how much of a factor this was in virginia, a lot of people, even on the democratic side, have sneaking suspicion that this helped make that a close race. >> you think so? what's your take on this? do you think this had an effect in virginia, i think there's a lot of debate about that, and do you think this really could cause mary landrieu or any of these republicans -- i'm sorry, any of these democrats in purple maybe red-leaning states or maybe solid red states, to lose their jobs? >> i do, and there are a lot of them. i think the biggest problem, the substance of this is terrible but it a
. yesterday we heard kathleen sebelius or just a short time ago today, she was in atlanta. did she give hints as to what they might be looking at or are they saying we're going to do this but don't know how yet? >> at this point they're not tipping their hand what they're going to be doing. sebelius only said to reporters in atlanta they didn't have a plan on the table at this point. they could have a plan in their drawer in their desk somewhere or floating around inside other offices inside hhs. they're not willing to talk about that at this point. there are various reports out there perhaps they're looking at expanding subsidies for people to obtain insurance on these exchanges. why would that happen? because if people are seeing their pols are being canceled and the only option that's available costs more money, then perhaps those expanded subsidies might be helpful. i have tried to ask a variety of officials over here at the white house as to whether or not that is the case. nobody is willing to confirm that, and of course, that may require some kind of legislation to expand those subsidi
and human services secretary kathleen sebelius weighed in to say there is no plan to help people who lost their health care and now face way higher health care costs. >> there isn't i would say a specific plan. the president has asked to take a look at those coverage options. but there isn't any specific proposal at the table immediately. >> ouch! on top of that republicans put out some shockingly abysmal numbers of enrollment in one city, washington, d.c. jim, another rough day. >> reporter: president obama was down in new orleans. he nounced that fixing the problems playinging the website will be far from it. he did not touch on that apology he offered to americans who were losing their health insurance. officials do insist they're searching for solutions for those consume here's are seeing their coverage canceled. obama care continues to be in critical condition. senate republicans released letters from top insurance companies indicating only five people signed up in washington, d.c. in october. the d.c. officials said those numbers don't show the whole picture of enrollment and intere
have every reason to expect that more people will enroll. >> reporter: a battle embattled with kathleen sebelius claims is improving daily. >> i would say, first of all, it is running right now. every day people are getting enrolled. >> reporter: but mark your calendars for november 30th. the white house says it will be working for, quote, the vast majority of users by the end of the month. >> it is our conviction that we can, with the fixes that are being implemented, reach that goal by goal by november 30th. >> reporter: frantic democrats allowing americans to keep their current insurance plans, an idea white house officials worry could undermine the entire program that has yet to deliver. >> if we have spent 600 million already, does anybody have any idea how much this all is going to cost us in the end? >> our thanks to jim. >>> to the philippines the help is not getting where it is needed. haiyan hit last friday object b object blit rating many towns. take a look at the satellite image. this is tacloban a bustling city full of buildings and this is after. very little remains in tha
november. health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius revealed figures on a conference call with reporters moments ago a call that came two hours after president obama's top i.t. guy finished testifying on capitol hill about what went so wrong. >> the white house had originally claimed that its chief technology officer was too busy to testify about the it continued failings of healthcare.gov so the chairman of the house oversight committee thoughtfully had helped him clear his schedule with a subpoena. >> this was a monumental mistake to go live and effectively explode on the launch pad. >> reporter: todd park, appearing today with other government technology experts at the hearing which more than once devolved into partisan sniping. >> i wasn't insulting your -- >> i take it as an insult. >> park, while taking his lobs for the website's poor performance revealed the number of users it can currently take on at once. >> the system has been comfortably handling at present about 20 to 25,000 current users. >> reporter: great, except that's only about half its intended capacity.
the site on october 1st would be risky. health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius attended a briefing session about that report back on april 4th. that is a long time ago, folks. also developing. the white house is considering a website work-around. this proposal would allow americans to bypass the website healthy.gov and set up direct enrollment through insurance companies. >>> dick cheney and his wife are weighing in on the anger between their daughters. mary and her same sex spouse went public with their dislike of liz cheney's position opposing gay marriage. their parents say the wish the debate had remained within the family and liz cheney's position should not be distorted. this is what they are writing. mary cheney is writing on her facebook page that her sister's position treats her family as second-class citizens and she cannot be lovingly tolerant towards them. >> she posted that overnight. >> that was in response to someone on facebook asking her questions about this. >> it was but also in response to her parents's statement in support of liz and not so indirectl
amount of money to a nonprofit. >>> kathleen sebelius said hitting the road, visiting miami for the second time in 32 months. highlighting the store of one miami beach man who was able to buy insurance through the healthcare.gov website. sebelius is vowing to finish the job, while avoiding questions for calls for her to step down. >>> president obama was not at the official ceremony marking the 150th anniversary of the gettysburg address. the white house said there were scheduling conflicts but the president did put out a rather extraordinary handwritten note that reflects the speech to him. the president writes that sometimes he looks at a copy of the address which is in the white house and thinks about the words that give him and the nation confidence that freedom will prevail. it was really interesting to see this written in the president's own hand. long notes and thoughts. >>> president obama will mark another on anniversary today. the assassination of john f. kennedy. the president and harrisburg harrisburg and former present clinton will wrist the second tear where th
will be fixed. >>> kathleen sebelius says improvements to the healthcare.gov website are the definitely on track to meet this saturday's deadline. the health and human services secretary promises the site will work much better but a white house official says there are concerns. too sudden a spike in web traffic. the site will be able to handle 50,000 users at once as it was originally supposed to do, but the official says they want to wait a week to gauge web traffic before encouraging too many people to visit the site. >>> now, while the administration, would to improve the obama care website on the front end, insurers are worried about problems on the back end. our investigative be correspondent chris frates is digging into that story. explain that difference between how it's working on the front end or may work on the front end but not on the back end. >> what insurers are worried about is this idea once the website's working and people can go on and sign up, that their personal data won't get transmitted correctly to insurance companies. insurance companies need that data to enroll people an
. >> okay. >> kathleen sebelius in front of congress, i'm sorry about the rollout on the web site. i was drunk and smoking crack. >> thing is he's not apologizing for anything. he's saying he's doing a great job. torontans are out of -- they can't get rid of him. no mechanism to get rid of him. >> beyond the amazing spectacle of all this, he says he's not an addict. but if he's having multiple drunken stupers while he's the mayor of this town, a great city by the way, not as if he's some small town mayor. >> churchill was blind drunk for most of the second world war. >> you walk into that house of commons any day of the week, they have a bar attached to the commons. it is not as if -- alcohol has been a lubricant for many political careers. i think toronto has a fantastic image. it had the most boring, tedious. >> i like toronto. it's a great city. >> it is a great city. >> the chamber of commerce doesn't feel that way. they are absolutely freaking out. it's giving them a really bad reputation. >> robert doolittle is a city hall reporter from the toronto star. soon-to-be released boo
of mental health, kathleen sebelius, the health and human services secretary, is expected to announce new guidelines that will require doctors and insurers to treat mental illness the same as physical illness, increasing access to care. we'll bring you her remarks life in a half hour as president obama takes responsibility for technical problems that plagued the healthcare.gov website but the president didn't stop there. he also responded to criticism of how he characterized the loss impact on those who already have insurance. athena jones is at the white house with more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, carol. any minute now the president will be departing the white house heading down to new orleans to talk about the economy. of course he's still dealing with the fallout over healthcare.gov and the word that millions of americans are getting cancellation letters from health insurance companies because of obama care. president obama is apologizing to americans losing their health insurance under the affordable care act despite his frequent promises they'd be able to keep plans the
for so long now. 26,794. health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius is releasing these numbers right now in a conference call with reporters and telling reporters that nearly 400,000 people have been determined to be eligible for medicaid or the children's health insurance program. medicaid was expanded as part of obama care. these numbers have been a closely guarded secret by the administration. they have struggled in the last few weeks to explain the severe technical difficulties that users have found on healthcare.gov and we see with only 26,794 individuals being enrolled, those numbers affected by the disastrous rollout of this website. we're bringing you complete coverage as the administration finally releases these numbers. here with me, our chief political analyst, gloria borger, dana bash, and jim acosta is outside the white house. gloria, let's start with you. what do you make of these numbers? about 27 million visitors to the health care exchanges. and over 100,000 enrolled in both the federal and state exchanges. but still, only 26,794 able to enroll through healthca
secretary kathleen sebelius and officials at the white house were told that there were problems with the development of healthcare.gov, the federal website, of course, where people can go online and buy insurance. according to a white house official, we just received a statement from a white house official that they're saying, quote, flags were definitely raised throughout the development of the website, talking about this report released by the house energy and commerce committee, but they are saying at the white house, nobody, quote, anticipated the size and scope of the problems we experienced once the site was launched. christina and john, more questions for this white house about the rollout of the president's signature health care achievement, legislative achievement. >> i think it's pretty clear that no one anticipated the size of potential problems and they've got a lot to fix. jim acosta, senior white house correspondent. thanks, jim. >> you bet. >>> moms across the country took to social media to give the education secretary a little piece of their minds. >> another he
kathleen sebelius is urging customers to shop healthcare.gov at off-peak hours, that would be mornings, evenings and weekends, and the idea of course is not to overwhelm that site. withering criticism of the initial rollout of healthcare.gov has intensified the pressure on the administration to get this fix right for saturday. the white house hopes it can do that, at least for the vast majority of users. >> and this website is going to get fixed. >> reporter: healthcare.gov opened for business october 1st and it's been a disastrous two months. the site crashed, unable to cope with people trying to sign up. small businesses still won't be able to use the site for another year. insurance industry insiders tell cnn some customers' personal data is getting mangled or even lost. the white house says the site will be able to handle 50,000 users at one time, but they admit there will be times after saturday when healthcare.gov does not function properly, and they're bracing for another possible huge surge in volume that could force some people into virtual waiting lines for call-backs. offici
of this happened as kathleen sebelius was hammered against during a congressional hearing where republicans accused the white house of dishonesty. if you like your plan, you can keep it. some of that frustration was bipartisan, as max back us also chimed in that the administration has not been playing it straight. >> when we asked for updates on the marketplace, the responses we got were totally unsatisfactory. at multiple times we heard that everything was on track. we now know that was not the case. >> this is a dishonesty. you've been misleading the american people and the president has. i would much rather you say yeah, we were wrong, yeah, we didn't tell the truth. >> reporter: another embarrassing refusal indication that when sell beal yesterday acknowledged that hhs is not doing background checks on. here's how that exchanged played out. >> so a convicted felon could be a navigator and could acquire sensitive personality information from an individual unbeknownst to them? >> that is possible. >> reporter: now secretary sebelius predicted that due to all the problems, the administration's rol
health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius claims is now improving daily. >> first of all, i'd say, it is running right now, every day people are coming through, every day people are getting enrolled. >> reporter: mark your calendars for november 30th. the white house says it will be working for, quote, the vast majority of users by the end of the month. >> it is our conviction that we can, with the fixes being implemented reach that goal by november 30th. >> reporter: the administration is under pressure to work fast. a bill by mary landrieu would allow americans to keep their insurance plans, an idea they worry could undermine the whole program. >> does anybody have any idea how much all this is going to cost us in the end? we've spent $600 million already. >> reporter: white house top officials including chief of staff dennis mcdonough are expected to head up to capitol hill to talk to senate democrats about some of these proposals that would allow americans to keep their insurance plan if they like it. i had a chance to catch up with mcdonough in the driveway of the white
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